T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Bow Out With A 9-Wicket Win Over Namibia
T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Bow Out With A 9-Wicket Win Over Namibia

India leave the UAE with a comprehensive 9-wicket over Namibia in Dubai on Monday. This victory also marked the end of Virat Kohli’s T20I captaincy and Ravi Shastri’s coaching tenure.

Chasing 133, Rohit Sharma was given a life when he was dropped at short fine leg by Michael van Lingen in the first over which also went for a boundary.

He then attacked David Wiese for a four and a six in the second over before taking 9 runs off Trumpelmann in the third. Sharma smacked a pair of four and a maximum to Bernard Scholtz while KL Rahul launched Wiese for a hit over the rope as India ended the powerplay at 54/0.

Runs continued to flow quickly from both ends and Rohit raised his fifty off 31 balls. Rahul slammed Jan Frylinck for a four and six but the pacer dismissed Rohit to give Namibia their first breakthrough.

Suryakumar Yadav started off with a lofted cover drive boundary off Loftie-Eaton. Rahul, who brought up his fifty off 35 balls, and Suryakumar teed off with a series of fours to take India home in the 16th over.

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma
Image: Twitter

Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Namibia got a solid start from openers Stephan Baard and Michael van Lingen racing to 31 runs in 4 overs. Lingen stroked Bumrah for a couple of fours before Baard thumped Shami for a maximum.

But, India came back strongly with a flurry of wickets after that. Bumrah drew first blood in the fifth over with Lingen mistiming his pull to mid-off; Craig Williams was stumped for a duck in the sixth over as he missed a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja after dancing down the track. Post the powerplay, Jadeja accounted for Baard’s wicket while R Ashwin sent back Loftie-Eaton leaving Namibia reeling at 47/4.

David Wiese held onto one end but lost partners at the other. Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus was dismissed by Ashwin, and so was Zane Green. In between those two dismissals, Jadeja struck with JJ Smit’s wicket. Rahul Chahar, though, gave 13 runs in his last over, giving Namibia some breathing space.

Bumrah foxed Wiese for 26 off 25 balls with a slower delivery. However, Shami was expensive in the death, conceding 12 in the 18th over and 13 in the 20th over as Namibia posted 132.

Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin
Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin picked 3 wickets each. Image-Twitter

T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Bow Out With A 9-Wicket Win Over Namibia

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